Ziraat Times Report

Srinagar, Feb 7:  Widespread snowfall and rains have disrupted normal life across Jammu & Kashmir on Thursday. The ongoing snowfall spell this year so far is known to be the highest of the last one decade in Jammu & Kashmir.

According to reports received by Ziraat Times, several regions and sub-regions of the state are now cut off from other parts of the state. Heavy rains have resulted in flash floods in several parts of Jammu region. Jammu city and surrounding plains have received record rainfall since Wednesday.

Heavy snowfall in parts of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions has resulted in electricity outages in several areas.

Ziraat Times earlier this week had issued a detailed forecast for this week, which has been mostly accurate For that report click here:

How much snowfall this week? Here is Ziraat Times’ detailed forecast

Almost all parts of Sindh valley, Gurez, Karnah, upper Kupwara, Handwara, Rafiabad, Kandi Baramulla, most areas in South Kashmir, parts of Banihal, Doda, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah are completely off from other areas due to heavy snowfall.  

While the Srinagar-Jammu Highway is closed for second consecutive day on Thursday due to snowfall and landslides, snowfall has hampered vehicular movement on Srinagar-Uri highway as well.

At the time this report was filed it was snowing across the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu and Ladakh regions.

Information available from government sources indicate the following snow depth (in inches) by 10 AM Thursday morning:

Anantnag district:

  • Pahalgam – 14″
  • Dooru-Verinag  – 7″
  • Kokernag – 8″
  • Shangus -. 7″
  • Jawahar Tunnel area – 18″
  • Rest of District – 3″ to 4″
  • District Pulwama:
  • Sangerwani – 18”
  • Pulwama – 5”
  • Litter Shahoora – 5″
  • Awantipora – 3″
  • Pampore – 3″
  • Tral (Lowerbelt) – 4″
  • Tral (Higherbelt) – 12″

Snow situation in Srinagar

  • Srinagar main – 3″
  • Narbal – 4″
  • Raj Bhawan – 4″
  • Astanpora – 6″
  • Fakir Gujri – 8″
  • Panthachowk – 3″
  • Shadipora – 4″
  • Shalimar – 4″

Snow situation in district Kulgam  (6 AM)

  • Badjihalan – 33″”
  • Nandimarg – 20″
  • Damhal – 21″
  • D K Marg – 27″
  • Dandward – 33″
  • Manzgam – 27″
  • Aharbal – 33″
  • Waltengoo – 15″
  • Kund – 11″

Rest of the district has witnessed snowfall between 8″ to 10″ as of 10 AM Thursday.

Snow situation in Shopian (Feet and inches)

  • Zainepora 7″-12″
  • Keller 2′ -2′ 9″
  • Sedow 2′ 6″ -3′
  • Chotipora 1′ – 2′
  • Padpawan 2′ – 2′ 9″
  • Heerpora 2′ 6″ – 3′
  • Reshnagri 1′ 9″. – 2′ 3″
  • Amshipora 1′ 9. -2′ 3″
  • Vehil – 2′ 15″ 
  • Kachdora – 1′ 6″
  • Kundallan – 1′ 6″ – 2′
  • Shopian town – 15″ – 20″

Snow situation in Budgam

  • Yousmarg  – 3′
  • Pakherpora  – 2.5′
  • Charishareif  – 2′
  • Chadoora  – 1′
  • Nilnag –  2′
  • Surasyar – 1′
  • Khansab  –  10”
  • Raithan – 1′
  • Arizal  – 2.5′
  • Khag – 2′
  • Beerwa – 1′
  • Drung –  2.5′
  • Sitharan – 3′
  • Budgam Town –  10”
Snow situation in Kargil district (updated 10 AM): 
Drass fresh snow – 5″
Panikhar fresh snow depth – 5″
Sankoo  – 5″.
Chiktan – 2″
Wakha – 3″
Batalik – 2″
Rangdum – 6″

Srinagar-Jammu Highway update

Snowfall continuous is being witnessed at Jawhar Tunnel and Banihal axis (14 to 16 inches). Due to heavy rainfall in Ramban axis, fresh landslides and shooting stones have occurred at Marog, Battery chashma, Anokhi Fall and Panthal axis.

Power situation

According to official sources, on Thursday there is about 760/1150 MW load for the entire valley as monitored from Srinagar. All 33 KV lines are reported to be up in Srinagar, while intermittent faults in 11 KV lines at some locations of Bemina Grid have been observed which are being rectified right now.

Administrative response

Men and machinery have been  mobilised on ground for snow clearance & dewatering due to water logging.

Photo: Maliq Abid

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